Race and Climate Justice
Lawyers for Civil Rights has launched a new practice area focused on climate resilience and environmental justice in low-income communities of color and immigrant communities.
With each passing year, the impact of climate change on low-income communities of color and immigrant communities becomes more harmful and dramatic. How we address that impact is one of the most pressing civil rights challenges we face today. As leaders on the front lines of justice, we must not only address the disproportionate impact of climate change on low-income communities of color and immigrant communities, but invest in creative and courageous actions in climate resilience planning, decision-making, policy-making, and legal action that include directly-impacted individuals.
While Massachusetts has existing infrastructure for environmental justice work, many of the organizations driving this work tend to focus on environmental issues rather than on the particular communities most affected. Low-income communities of color and immigrant communities are significantly underrepresented in decision-making, planning, and advocacy. Yet these communities are most vulnerable to the impacts of climate change, heightened proximity to environmental hazards, and a shrinking safety net to protect from extreme climate events and the adverse health impacts of pollution.
Our Race and Climate Justice Project will integrate the voices of low-income people of color and immigrants into climate change discussions, and ensure that solutions reflect the perspectives and needs of our communities.
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News and Resources
Sep 17, 21Massachusetts Fails Minority Contractors (Again)
Sep 15, 21Closing the Digital Divide
Sep 13, 21Barnstable County Sheriff’s Immigration Entanglement is Illegal
Sep 10, 21Victory! Sheriff Ends Entanglement With Federal Immigration Officials
Sep 01, 21Incident Reminiscent of Lynching in Martha’s Vineyard Camp
Aug 24, 21Civil Rights & Fair Housing Groups Support Disparate Impact Rule
Aug 03, 21Body Cavity Searches Trigger Lawsuit Against Federal Officials
Aug 03, 21Taxpayer Challenge To Sheriff’s Entanglement With Federal Immigration Officials Can Proceed
Jul 29, 21Summer Justice
Jul 22, 21Over 300 Minority-Owned Businesses Attend BizGrow Conference
Jul 20, 21COVID-19 and Immigration Consequences
Jul 14, 21Complaint Against the MA Department of Children & Families
Jul 07, 21Civil Rights Lawsuit Filed Against Police in Needham, Mass.
Jun 25, 21Biden Administration Moves To Reinstate Disparate Impact Rule
Jun 01, 21Civil Rights Investigation of the MBTA
May 20, 21Applauding the Closure of the Bristol County Immigration Detention Facility
May 05, 21Racial Disparities Suffered by Black & Latinx Children in Foster Care
Apr 28, 21Victory! Federal Appeals Court Rejects Attempt to Hold Up School Decisions